June 27, 2006, 12:41 PM — This week's highlighted research:
Compass Intelligence. "Exploring Business Mobility."
Forrester Research. "Managed mobility support is getting attention."
Strategy Analytics. "Profiling the PDA user: Strategies for generating wireless data traffic."
The concept of mobility is one that has undergone rapid and important changes over the past few years. A businessperson that enjoyed great mobility at one time was one who always carried a roll of dimes and knew where all the pay phones were located. Today the reality is a little different. Laptops and cell phones added a greater degree of mobility, but the concept transcends even that. Fixed-mobile convergence closes a gap between the office phone and the one you carry in your pocket, but mobility still goes a step further.
Business mobility, according to Compass Intelligence, goes beyond cost savings and remote telephony. It's about mobile content solutions that make a real difference to a business. A few of the drivers, according to the Compass study, include content solutions such as Communities of Interest, which connect users within a business or supply chain together in real time; and mobilized applications, where applications become accessible via mobile devices such as cell phones or PDAs. The Compass report says that mobility is being defined by real application-oriented mobile solutions--which are driving new demand for a new class of mobile devices and services. Compass' study discovered that 42 percent of respondents would consider purchasing a service that would make some of their applications accessible via PCs and other mobile devices. Twenty four percent would consider using a service that would make their applications accessible to the PCs and mobile devices of external users, such as clients or suppliers.
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